Is it a cake? Is it a watermelon?

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Virginia and me with Jorge in the middle!

Through the weekly couchsurfing get-togethers here in Santiago, we have made some interesting Chilean and foreign friends.  One of these friends, Jorge, celebrated his 51st birthday on Thursday and we attended the party at his apartment.  He stays in Barrio Brasil and has a porch right next to his apartment on the eighth floor with an incredible view.

The highlight of the party was definitely the cake, and this is also the reason why this event is featured in my blog…it was the most revolutionary cake ever!  There were two delicious looking cakes covered in cream and decorated with strawberries and blueberries.  After we sang ‘Cumpleanos Feliz’ wall had a chance to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Jorge in our language.  There was a French and German Happy Birthday song.  Dirk and I sang ‘Veels geluk liewe Jorge…’  Do we have an Afrikaans song to the tune of ‘Happy Brithday’?  Because it seems that it exists in every language…except Afrikaans.

I had the honour of cutting the cake.  I was confused when I started cutting – the texture of the cake felt different to any cake that I have cut before…and then I handed out the first slice.

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Cutting the birthday cake

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Surprise!

It wasn’t a cake at all!  It was a watermelon!!  What a strange and awesome idea – watermelon, strawberries and blueberries with cream for desert!  The spanish word for Watermelon is ‘la sandia’.

 

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